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Rupert Everett Being Blasted For Gay Parenting Comments

Rupert Everett Being Blasted For Gay Parenting Comments

Rupert Everett planted his foot solidly in his mouth when he said this week that he “can’t imagine anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads,” and, as the comment burned controversy across the internet, few people seem to want to cut the gay actor any slack.

The comments earned Rupert Everett plenty of criticism including a scathing op-ed from The Guardian‘s Patrick Strudwick, who wrote that Everett “suffers from such a paucity of imagination it is all but miraculous he manages to pretend to be other people for a living.”

Writing about Rupert Everett’s contention that there is nothing worse than being raised by gay parents, Strudwick answers:

“A thousand worse things come to mind. But one in particular bellows out — and is played out – in households across the world: being brought up by parents who instil prejudice. Who believe, for example, that to be gay is to be lacking, deviant, ungodly, unfit, improper.”

“And there can be few more profound insults than to assert that someone is unfit to be a parent. Love, in whatever form, nurtures. Fear, in all manifestations, stunts and deforms. Everett is merely this week’s example. In the Sunday Times interview with the 53-year-old and his mother we see what happens to the children of the prejudiced.”

His comments have gotten heat from all corners of the internet. The LGBT blog Lez Get Real took Rupert Everett to task for his remarks, saying that he “does not speak for the Community and he knows it.”

The blog noted:

“Everett went on to say ‘I’m not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community.’ The only community I belong to is humanity and we’ve got too many children on the planet, so it’s good not to have more.’ ”

“The problem for Everett is that, from what we can tell, he isn’t a very nice person. This might have more to do with why he isn’t exactly getting many jobs in Hollywood or why he’s kind of been on the outside of the Gay Community.”

Everett’s remarks prompted Ben Summerskill, CEO of the LGBT rights advocacy group Stonewall, to issue a response saying, “Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself. There is absolutely no evidence that the kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop.”

This wasn’t even the first time that Rupert Everett blasted gay parenting, Entertainment Weekly noted. In a 2009 interview with The Daily Beast, he called the practice “utterly hideous” and “egocentric and vain.”

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3 Responses to “Rupert Everett Being Blasted For Gay Parenting Comments”

  1. Anonymous

    I notice that the article says that he's taking heat from everywhere online and then only notes a few LGBT places. Of course those places are criticizing him. Other than that, whether you want to admit it, a lot of people and studies agree with him and that doesn't make him prejudiced or mean, that's just his opinion. I don't think two unmarried people should be raising a child. so what?

  2. Kell Bolin

    Once again we have people talking out of their ass…And Rupert Everett is one of them! As to the comment below about studies proving Mr. Everett's statement to be correct, I would bet he/she can not name the studies nor has he/she even read these "so called studies" that he/she is quoting? This is the problem with hate, it comes in all types of colors and faces regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation and Rupert Everett is a prime example!
    Love is just that, no more, no less, regardless of who is giving this love, protection, guidance, and nurture weatner this love is coming from one mother, two mothers, one father, two fathers, or one father and one mother!
    And I feel that bigotry often stems from ignorance and a lack experience/education.